"Six kilometres is the average distance people in developing countries walk to access water"
Waking up in the morning, I barely walk six metres to get fresh water from a sink. I can access it in the bathroom, the kitchen, the garden tap, from bottles at the supermarket just down the road.
Six kilometres for me is walking from Macedon plaza to Westfield Doncaster, and back, twice. It's the distance to walk from the from one side of Melbourne CBD to the other (Shrine of Remembrance to Melbourne Zoo if you want to try it!).
All things I would genuinely consider walking as not even an option.
Not being able to grab a glass of clean water to drink any time I want is a strange concept to me, something I only encounter rarely, such as when travelling overseas and being advised not to rinse my mouth out in the shower because its not drink-friendly. Even then, the chances of me falling ill are close to non-existent.
For this to be a real life concern for someone else, every single day, is a challenging reality for me to understand and accept.
That's why, this Saturday, I'll be walking six kilometres as part of Global 6K for Water, a global event by World Vision to raise awareness for the millions people still living without access to safe drinking water, and to raise funds to help make a difference in their lives.
World Vision is the largest non-government provider of clean water in the developing world. And while the WHO estimates that from 1990 to 2010 around 2 billion people gained access to improved sources of water, there are still approximately 800 million people in need.
My goal is to raise at least $300 towards this cause. This will go towards building hadwashing stations in schools for children, reducing deadly infections like cholera, and assisting communities to install borehole pumps for clean drinking, cooking and washing water.
It will go towards changing the lives of people who I will never meet, but have equal right to experience the same reality we have in our own lives.
Please join me on my first ever fun run, by signing up and coming down on the day to this event, or donating towards my page, or both!